Stony Plain Road Business Association Update – Tuesday December 8, 2020

Recovery Sickness Benefit

If one or several of your employees need to self-isolate or quarantine due to being a close contact or being tested positive for COVID-19, they can apply for the federal paid sick leave benefit. This means business owners don’t have to pay their wages while their employees are in mandated quarantine. It’s limited to two weeks total and only for those that were scheduled to work but could help offset the financial burden on you. 

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Learn About the Community of Canora

Our neighbouring community of Canora was mentioned in an article written for the Canora 
Courier, a newspaper based in Canora, Saskatchewan! 


Read it here


New Alberta Health Measures Timelines

  • Businesses which were closed on Nov 27, remain closed. 
  • New expanded mandatory measures come into effect on Tuesday, Dec 8 for social gatherings and mandatory masking
  • All other new restrictions come into effect after midnight on Sun, December 13. (The night between Saturday and Sunday) 

Masking

  • Indoor public masking is now mandatory all over Alberta
  • Public spaces include locations where a business or entity operates and is applicable to employees, visitors and the general public. 
  • This applies to all indoor workplaces and facilities outside the home

Retail – Starting after midnight on Sunday, December 13.

  • Retail services are limited to 15% of their commercial fire code occupancy, with no more than 5 customers permitted. This does not include staff members. 
  • Curbside pickup, delivery and online services are encouraged. 
  • Shopping malls will be limited to 15% of fire code occupancy
  • Food courts will only be allowed to do takeout. No one can sit and eat at the tables. 
  • People cannot shop, sit or visit with friends or family when they are at the mall. They should come in, shop and leave. 

Restaurants, Pubs, Bars, Lounges and Cafes

  • Will be closed to in-person service 
  • Only takeout, curbside pickup and delivery services are permitted
  • Cannot have people dine or stay on patios


Event & Entertainment

New: 

  • Casinos, bingo halls, gaming entertainment centres, racing entertainment centres, horse tracks, raceways, bowling alleys, pool halls, legions, and private clubs will be closed. 
  • Libraries, science centres, interpretive centres, museums, galleries, amusement parks, and water parks will be closed. 
  • Entertainment businesses and entities
  • Community halls and centres

As of Nov 27, these remain closed: 

  • Theatres, auditoriums, and concert halls
  • Nightclubs
  • Banquet halls and conference centres
  • Indoor and outdoor festivals and concerts
  • Indoor children’s play centres and indoor playgrounds

Sports & Fitness

  • Fitness centres, gyms and boutique studios such as dance, spin, yoga, pilates will be closed. 
  • Recreation centres and pools will be closed
  • Day and overnight camps will be closed 
  • Indoor rinks and areas will be closed 
  • Outdoor recreation is permitted, but facilities with indoor spaces except for washrooms will be closed.  


Personal Wellness Services

  • Spas, hair salons, nail salons, waxing, massage, tattoos and piercing will be closed

Hotels

  • Remain open but must follow all public health restrictions such as hand hygiene, contact tracing, physical distancing, etc. 
  • Hotels must close their spas, pools, fitness facilities and in-person dining and bars. 
  • Room service is permitted
  • Hotel guests cannot have guests in their room. 

Other Businesses Which Remain Open to the Public

  • Health Services
  • Addiction Services
  • Physiotherapy and Acupuncture
  • Social or protective services
  • Shelters for vulnerable persons
  • Emergency services
  • Child care
  • Not-for-profit community kitchens
  • Charitable kitchens

Work From Home

  • Mandatory work from home measures must be implemented for all employees in Alberta
  • If the employer determines that work requires a physical presence for operational effectiveness, then they are allowed to do do. 

Stony Plain Road Business Association Update – December 1, 2020

Alberta Mandatory Health Restrictions

A state of public health emergency is being declared in Alberta. New mandatory measures to stop the spike in COVID-19 cases are in effect. These measures will last 3 weeks. Here is an overview of these restrictions that may affect SPR businesses: 

  • Working from home should be considered where possible
  • Albertans are encouraged to limit in-person visits to retail locations and to use curbside pick-up, delivery, and online services. 

Businesses Closed for In-Person Service (Effective Nov 27) 

Businesses that are closed for in-person service include: 

  • Banquet halls, conference centres, trade shows, auditoria and concert venues, non-approved/licensed markets, community centres. 
  • Children’s play places or indoor playgrounds
  • All levels of sports (professional, semi-professional, junior, collegiate/universities and amateur) 

Restaurants, Bars, Pubs, and Lounges Open With Restrictions (Effective Nov 27) 

Restaurants, bars, pubs and lounges will be open with restrictions, if they follow all public health guidance in place including: 

  • Maximum of 6 people from the same immediate household at a table and no movement between tables. 
  • Only seated eating and drinking is permitted. No other services or entertainment will be allowed, including billiards, games or darts. 
  • Liquor can be sold until 10pm and food-serving establishments must close to in-person dining at 11pm. Liquor sales apply to casinos, but casinos are not required to close at 11pm. 

Albertans are encouraged to use take-out, delivery, drive-thru and curbside pick-up options. 

Businesses and Services Open With Restricted Capacity (Effective Nov 27) 

Most retail businesses may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code. 

  • Retail, including liquor and cannabis
  • Grocery stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Clothing stores
  • Computer and technology stores
  • Hardware
  • Automotive 
  • Farmer’s Markets approved by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry 
  • Unlicensed outdoor seasonal markets

Some entertainment and event services may remain open with capacity limited to 25% of the occupancy set under the Alberta Fire Code. 

  • Movie theatres
  • Museums and galleries
  • Libraries
  • Casinos offering slots only. Table games must be closed at this time. 
  • Indoor entertainment centres including amusement parks, water parks, bingo halls and racing centres. 
  • Indoor fitness, recreation, sports and physical activity centres, including dance and yoga studios, gymnastics and private or public swimming pools. ( Facilities can be open for individual studio time, training or exercise only. There can be no group fitness, group classes, group training or games. Instructors can use facility to broadcast virtual fitness classes from, but there can be no group classes.) 

Businesses Open by Appointment Only (Effective Nov 27) 

Businesses open by appointment only are not permitted to offer walk-in services. Appointments should be limited to one-on-one services. 

  • Personal services such as hair salons and barbershops, esthetics, manicure, pedicure, body waxing and make-up, piercing and tattoo services
  • Wellness services including acupuncture, massage and reflexology
  • Professional services such as lawyers, medicators, accountants, and photographers
  • Private one-on-one lessons (no private group lessons permitted) 
  • Hotels, motels, hunting and fishing lodges

These businesses must follow all current public health guidelines for their sector and should consider virtual options where possible.


Business Rent Subsidy

Canada is now accepting applications for the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS), which provides payments directly to you without requiring the participation of landlords. The subsidy provides a direct rent and mortgage subsidy of up to 65% of eligible expenses to qualifying businesses. This support is available directly to tenants. Qualifying organizations that have been significantly restricted by a mandatory public health order issued by a qualifying public health authority can receive an additional 25% of rent support through the Lockdown Support. The combined effect of the rent subsidy and the Lockdown Support is that hard-hit businesses subject to a lockdown can receive rent support of up to 90%. The subsidy rates are in effect until December 19, 2020. The rent subsidy and Lockdown Support are available until June 2021. 

Businesses can now apply for rent covering Sep 27 to Oct 24, 2020. Applications will be processed on Nov 30 and businesses should begin receiving subsidy for this period as of December 4, 2020. Applications for the second CERS period (Oct 25 to Nov 21, 2020) will open on Nov 30. No details are available at this time regarding when subsidy funds for this period will become available. 

When submitting a CERS application, businesses can include rent and other eligible amount already paid in respect to a claim period, as well as amounts that are payable for the claim period. Amounts that are not paid at the time of the application will have to be paid no later than 60 days after receiving the subsidy.

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City Renews Mask Bylaw Until December 31, 2021

City Council has renewed the bylaw requiring the use of face coverings in all indoor places and public vehicles until December 31, 2021.

Face coverings refer to any medical or non-medical mask or other covering that fully covers the nose, mouth, and chin. Indoor public places means any property, whether publicly or privately owned that members of the public can access. This includes retail stores, entertainment venues, recreation centres, restaurants and transit stations. Public vehicles refers to buses, LRT vehicles, taxis and other vehicles for hire. The fine is $100. 

Business Owners can decide for themselves if they wish to refuse service to patrons not wearing face coverings. The bylaw does not apply to schools, healthcare facilities, hospitals or child care facilities. 


 

 

Bi-Weekly Update – November 10, 2020

Lindork’s #AdoptAShopYEG: Neighbourhood Hop

Linda Hoang, or @Lindork on social media, is putting on her second #AdopAShopYEG event. From November 9-12, 2020, nominate a small business that could use the support during this time. 

Nominate a business here

From November 13 – 22, 2020, sign up to one (or more) itineraries and commit to spending at least $60 in each neighbourhood. Shop, support and win! (ATB Financial will be randomly gifting participants $100 visa gift cards.

Learn more info about this initiative here

Support local and nominate your favourite SPR small business! 


Light-Up Your SPR Storefront Contest! 

Have you heard about our SPR Festive Light-Up Contest? 

We’re encouraging our Stony Plain Road businesses to help light-up the area this winter! 

Here’s how the contest works: 

  • Contact us at the SPR Business Association and let us know what you are interested in participating and if you have social media, so we can promote your business. 
  • Take a picture with your storefront lit up, send it to us and we will send you $50 to help with the cost and time of making our area brighter! We do not need copies of your receipts, just a picture when your decorating is done. 
  • We will share these pictures on social media to create some buzz and award some prizes! 

Prizing: People’s Choice Prize ($300) – Voted on through social media, Most Creative Prize ($500), and You Light Up My Life Prize ($200) (2nd Place) 

The Storefront Light-Up Contest will run from November 27, 2020 to January 2, 2021. If you wish to leave your lights up earlier or later than these dates, that’s fine! 

If you would like to participate in the contest, or if you have any questions, please reach out to communications.spr@gmail.com. You can also reach out to this email if your business is not receiving the Stony Plain Road BA E-Newsletter! Stay informed with monthly news and updates!


Making Edmonton Digital – Free to SPR Businesses

We are excited to announce that we are teaming up with the University of Alberta, School of Retailing to include as many businesses from the area in a city-wide project to make Edmonton digital! 

Making Edmonton Digital is a program that aims to empower businesses to adopt digital technology in their business through one-on-one assistance and accessible online tools, in collaboration with Digital Main Street. Digital Main Street is an online platform that offers a variety of tools of digital assessment, transformation courses and workshops. The program is funded through the City of Edmonton. 

In addition to Digital Main Street services, the program will give you access to the Digital Service Team, who will offer 10 hours of digital consulting; creating transformation plans to small businesses through working with an interdisciplinary team of marketing professionals, web designers and creators. This team will offer tailor made plans for deep digital transformation and give each business owner the tools to maintain their upgraded online presence. These transformation plans will help to create new businesses models, develop and implement digital marketing strategies; maximize digital tools and more. The Digital Service Teams program will provide free and direct support to businesses, while providing on the job training to the teams of students and recent graduates.

Please reach out to us at communications.spr@gmail.com to be connected with our Making Edmonton Digital Representative or to learn more about the program! Or you can visit www.makingedmontondigital.com.